black weevil

black weevil
Rice Rice, n. [F. riz (cf. Pr. ris, It. riso), L. oryza, Gr. ???, ???, probably from the Persian; cf. OPers. br[=i]zi, akin to Skr. vr[=i]hi; or perh. akin to E. rye. Cf. {Rye}.] (Bot.) A well-known cereal grass ({Oryza sativa}) and its seed. This plant is extensively cultivated in warm climates, and the grain forms a large portion of the food of the inhabitants. In America it grows chiefly on low, moist land, which can be overflowed. [1913 Webster]

{Ant rice}. (Bot.) See under {Ant}.

{French rice}. (Bot.) See {Amelcorn}.

{Indian rice}., a tall reedlike water grass ({Zizania aquatica}), bearing panicles of a long, slender grain, much used for food by North American Indians. It is common in shallow water in the Northern States. Called also {water oat}, {Canadian wild rice}, etc.

{Mountain rice}, any species of an American genus ({Oryzopsis}) of grasses, somewhat resembling rice.

{Rice bunting}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Ricebird}.

{Rice hen} (Zo["o]l.), the Florida gallinule.

{Rice mouse} (Zo["o]l.), a large dark-colored field mouse ({Calomys palistris}) of the Southern United States.

{Rice paper}, a kind of thin, delicate paper, brought from China, -- used for painting upon, and for the manufacture of fancy articles. It is made by cutting the pith of a large herb ({Fatsia papyrifera}, related to the ginseng) into one roll or sheet, which is flattened out under pressure. Called also {pith paper}.

{Rice troupial} (Zo["o]l.), the bobolink.

{Rice water}, a drink for invalids made by boiling a small quantity of rice in water.

{Rice-water discharge} (Med.), a liquid, resembling rice water in appearance, which is vomited, and discharged from the bowels, in cholera.

{Rice weevil} (Zo["o]l.), a small beetle ({Calandra oryz[ae]}, or {Sitophilus oryz[ae]}) which destroys rice, wheat, and Indian corn by eating out the interior; -- called also {black weevil}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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